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Sean Wheeler scoops Outstanding Contribution award at Hotel Cateys 2019

22 November 2019 by
Sean Wheeler scoops Outstanding Contribution award at Hotel Cateys 2019

Sean Wheeler, the go-to individual in the hotel industry for advice on best people practice, was honoured this evening with the Outstanding Contribution award at the Hotel Cateys 2019.

The recently retired director of people development for Kimpton UK & Regent Hotels at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) received a standing ovation from 750 guests at the presentation dinner at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London for his widespread contribution to the sector.

During a 40-year career, Wheeler has played a major role in making some of the UK’s finest hospitality businesses fantastic places to work, including Mitchells & Butlers, Malmaison, Hotel du Vin, Dorchester Collection and Principal Hotels.

Now officially retired – although consultancy work beckons – he continues to be a positive advocate for the industry through his chairmanship of People 1st College Accreditation panel, board duties for Hospitality Action and as founder of The Caterer’s Acorn Scholarship.

Earlier this week he played an integral role in drawing up Our Hospitality Commitment, a new employer voluntary code of conduct to improve the perception of the sector by engaging businesses within the industry to become an employer of choice. The code will highlight companies which will offer good quality training, a work-life balance and a respectful working environment.

Wheeler was one of 20 winners at the glittering awards ceremony which saw Red Carnation Hotels Collection carry off two accolades; the Montague on the Gardens, London, picked up the Conference and Banqueting Team of the Year and Tzveta Ivanova, from the Milestone Hotel & Residences, was named Housekeeper of the Year.

Comedian Tom Allen was the compere for the evening and Hospitality Action benefited from the evening’s fundraising collection.

2019 Hotel Catey winners

Front of House Manager of the Year - Sponsored by Nordaq

Alex Wilson, Brown’s hotel, London

Front of House Team of the Year - Sponsored by Access

Bankside hotel, London

Conference and Banqueting Team of the Year - Sponsored by Syft

The Montague on the Gardens, London

Best Use of Technology Award – Sponsored by Hoist

Exclusive Collection

Housekeeper of the Year - Sponsored by P&G Professional

Tzevta Ivanova, the Milestone Hotel & Residences

Sustainable Hotel of the Year - Sponsored by Sky

The Langham London

Hotel Restaurant Manager of the Year - Sponsored by Tchibo Coffee International

Devid Isabella, the Goring, London

Hotel Restaurant Team of the Year - Sponsored by CGA

Glenapp Castle, Ballantrae, Girvan

Food and Beverage Manager of the Year - Sponsored by Britvic

Alex Cooper, Haymarket hotel, London

Spa Professional of the Year - Sponsored by Christie & Co

Sally Pedder, the Dorchester, London

Revenue Manager Award - Sponsored by Talent Hive

Karen Tyson, Rudding Park, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

HR Manager of the Year - Sponsored by Caterer.com

Anita Bower, Iconic Luxury Hotels

HR Team of the Year - Sponsored by Davidson Asset Management

Aviator by Tag, Farnborough, Hampshire

Concierge Award - Sponsored by Joseph Alan London

Alan Noone, the Berkeley, London

Hotel Restaurant Chef of the Year – Sponsored by Umbrella Training

Calum Franklin, Holborn Dining Room, Rosewood London

Hotel Chef of the Year (more than 250 covers) - Sponsored by Bidfood

Simon Attridge, Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Perthshire

Hotel Chef of the Year (fewer than 250 covers) - Sponsored by Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division

Lisa Goodwin-Allen, Northcote, Langho, Lancashire

Extra Mile Award - Sponsored by Bidfood

Aaron Patterson, Hambleton Hall, Oakham, Rutland

Hotelier of the Year - Sponsored by Casna Group

Sally Beck, Royal Lancaster London

Outstanding Contribution - Sponsored Taylors of Harrogate Coffee Bags

Sean Wheeler, hospitality consultant

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